Symbolism In Walk Two Moons

By Paris Martinovich

Summary

Sharon Creech's novel Walk Two Moons is told about a 13 year old girl named Sal that goes on a trip with her grandparents to Lewiston, Idaho. Along the way, Sal tells a story of her friend Phoebe and the Lunatic as she gets closer to finding her long lost Mother.
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Thesis Statement

Throughout the novel Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech uses symbolism to give a deeper meaning to events.
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Tulips are a symbol that occurs multiple times in this novel. When Creech mentions tulips it usually comes up when talking about family. Sal's mom had a miscarriage and they named the dead baby Tulip. "We'll bury the baby in the little cemetery near the aspen grove--where the tulips come up every spring".(Creech 149). When Sal's mom leaves she talks about tulips again. "She wanted me to know that she would think of me every minute and that she would be back before the tulips bloomed."(Creech 110). Creech brings up tulips to symbolize about family and death. When the readers recognizes these symbols it gives them a deeper look into Sals family.
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Hair

A symbol that is shown frequently in Walk Two Moons is hair. When Creech brings up hair for the first time it is when Sal's mom leaves. "My mothers hair had been long and black, like mine, but a week before she left she cut it." (Creech 92). Again in the book Creech brings up hair when Sal is talking to her dad about her hair. "My father said to me, "Don't cut yours Sal. Please don't cut yours" He says this because Sal is the only thing reminding him of his wife after she left. The symbol of hair is the connection to the family which is why her mom cut it when she left.